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Water 2013, 5(2), 638-639; doi:10.3390/w5020638

New Book Received *
The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor. By Gerald H. Pollack, Ebner & Sons Publishers, 2013; 357 Pages. Price US $29.95, ISBN 978-0-9626895-4-3
Shu-Kun Lin
MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland
Received: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 30 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1].

Professor Pollack takes us on a fantastic voyage through water, showing us a hidden universe teeming with physical activity that provides answers so simple that any curious person can understand. In conversational prose, Pollack lays a simple foundation for understanding how changes in water’s structure underlie most energetic transitions of form and motion on earth.

Table of Contents

A Bestiaryxxii
SECTION I: Water Riddles: Forging the Pathway
1Surrounded by Mysteries3
2The Social Behavior of H2O13
3The Enigma of Interfacial Water25
SECTION II: The Hidden Life of Water
4A Fourth Phase of Water?45
5Batteries Made from Water71
6Charging the Water Battery85
7Water: The Engine of Nature103
SECTION III: What Moves Water Moves the World
8A Universal Attractor125
9Brown’s Dance: Energy-Driven Movements141
10Heat and Temperature: Throwing New Light on Thermal Darkness163
11Osmosis and Diffusion: They Don’t Just Happen183
SECTION IV: Aqueous Forms in Nature
12The Power of Protonated Water203
13Droplets and Bubbles: Siblings in the Water Family221
14Birth of a Bubble: A Passage to Maturity233
15Clouds from Coffee: The Remarkable Nature of Evaporation255
16Water Trampolines: Layering at the Water’s Surface281
17Warming up to Ice305
SECTION V: Summing Up: Unlocking Earthly Mysteries
18The Secret Rules of Nature329
Photo Credits349

* Editor’s Note

The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the author or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Water to the Publisher [Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. Tel. +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18, E-Mail:]. Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews.


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